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Washington City Paper: Success Is a Matter of Perspective for D.C.'s Temporary Rental Subsidy Program

January 30, 2020
At Children's Law Center, we often come into contact with the Rapid Rehousing system through our housing conditions work. Many of the worst housing conditions cases we are referred are clients in rapid rehousing -- some who have been living in their units as little as a month before issues like rampant mold that triggers serious asthma exacerbations, water intrusions, or horrible mice infestations become apparent.

Washington Business Journal: D.C. law requiring identification of individuals behind LLCs takes effect

January 28, 2020
Thanks to the DC Council's efforts, particularly that of Chairman Mendelson and At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, new limited liability corporation (LLCs) in the District must now disclosed identifying information about their owners. CLC Healthy Together Director Tracy Goodman spoke with Alex Koma of Washington Business Journal to share that this change represents a win for tenants' advocates and DC families living in unhealthy housing conditions because negligent landlords often hide behind LLCs.

Washington Lawyer: Combating Secondary Trauma: Attorney Wellness in High-Stress Practice

January 1, 2020
Children's Law Center works with many DC residents who have faced multiple traumatic experiences. Our team of experts work with each client to help them tackle a variety of challenges. That's why it's critical CLC staff can bring their best thinking and energy to support each client. Washington Lawyer's John Murph interviewed CLC director of social work Kim Daulton to learn about the resources CLC provides its staff who may experience secondary trauma:

NBC4: DC Hires Resident Inspectors After Boy Killed in Illegal House Fire

December 11, 2019
CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with Mark Segraves of NBC4 about the need for more, professional housing inspectors -- not DCRA-contracted "Uber" inspectors -- to ensure the safety and health of DC tenants. Watch the video interview here.

WUSA9: DC Council wants to split DCRA into 2 separate departments

December 11, 2019
CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel testified before the D.C. Council yesterday on the Department of Buildings Establishment Act of 2019. "We believe the Council has the answers it needs and should break up DCRA," Kathy Zeisel with the Children's Law Center said. Read the full article here.  

DCist: That Whole ‘Uber, But For Housing Inspectors’ Program Is Up And Running

December 10, 2019
DCRA has hired hundreds of new "inspectors" in recent months, but they're not full-tme employees -- they're contracted workers that the agency's head has described as Uber for property inspectors. CLC Senior Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with Martin Austermuhle of WAMU about the need for more, professional housing inspectors in the District and how the creation of a separate agency, the Department of Buildings, could better protect and serve tenants.

BUILD Blog: Data-Sharing and Analysis: A Medical-Legal Model for National Success

December 10, 2019
Every year, more than 12,000 children across Washington, DC struggle with asthma. Their struggles are all too often linked to something that can be solved – like unhealthy housing.  As a result of the Opportunity Fund award from the BUILD Health Challenge, Children's Law Center has partnered with Children's National, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia and Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. to pioneer Healthy Together -- one of the first medical-legal partnerships in the country. 

The long wait: For years, she's been hoping to move into a house that will meet her son's disability needs

December 7, 2019
For more than three years, Children's Law Center has fought to secure accessible housing for Erica Chance and her 5-year-old son, Ayden, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk.  The Washington Post's Theresa Vargas reported on the daily challenges Chance faces living in an inaccessible apartment and spoke with CLC Supervising Attorney Evan Cass on the D.C. Housing Authority's lack of response to her living situation:

Greater Greater Washington: Some DC tenants need to sue to get redress for mold. A new bill could change that.

December 6, 2019
Currently, DC housing inspectors aren't trained to spot mold and can't fine landlords when they neglect to address it - even though indoor mold can cause serious health issues. CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel was featured in a recent Greater Greater Washington article noting the high prevalence of indoor mold in DC rentals: